Dragonfly exec flies to Lightbox to oversee development

US- and UK-based factual producer Lightbox has appointed the director of development at Dragonfly to oversee its development strategy and manage teams at its offices in London and LA. Ben Samuel (pictured) has been named creative director of development at the Simon and Jonathan Chinn-founded prodco, which is behind Harvey Weinstein doc Black Sheep: Untouchable. […]

CBS calls for Ambulance

Broadcaster CBS has commissioned a US remake of Dragonfly’s UK format Ambulance. The one-hour alternative series goes inside the world of emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers. The CBS show is based on the BBC One series, which Endemol Shine UK-owned Dragonfly created. Endemol Shine International sells the format around the world, and Endemol Shine […]

One Born Every Minute spin-off set for All 4

Six of the 250-plus children born on Channel 4 factual series One Born Every Minute will watch their first seconds of life in a spin-off for digital platform All 4. I Was Born on One Born will be a short-form series featuring six children, now primary school-age, who will watch censored footage of their first […]

Rise staffing up, hires Betty, 7 Wonder execs

Rise Films has hired two new factual execs and is looking to bolster its team further. The UK indie, which makes ITV comedy Plebs, has brought in Kate Morey as head of popular factual and Steve Condie as exec producer, factual. Morey joins from Discovery-owned factual prodco Betty, where she was an exec producer. She […]

Bond exits Discovery’s Raw for Endemol Shine prodco

UK prodco Dragonfly has hired Richard Bond as creative director. He joins the Endemol Shine prodco from Raw, the UK producer owned by Discovery. Bond (right) was at Raw for six years, and his credits include BBC series Conviction: Murder at the Station and Channel 4 dramas The People Next Door and Cyberbully. “I have […]

RTL sees Benefits in Endemol Shine format

Germany’s RTL has become the first network to order a local version of Endemol Shine Group’s social experiment format The Big Benefits Handout. Endemol Shine Germany will produce the German series, which is based the British series for Channel 5 that Endemol Shine-owned Dragonfly created. The series will see hard-up families given €25,000 (US$29,000) in […]

Endemol Shine appoints UK COO

The UK division of Endemol Shine Group has appointed Lucinda Hicks chief operating officer. Hicks has been upped from managing director of Dragonfly, the UK prodco that was part of Shine and is now one of the production banners in the enlarged Endemol Shine operation. The company said that Hicks will work with Endemol Shine […]

Ex-Dragonfly boss resurfaces at ITV Studios prodco

The former managing director of Dragonfly Film & TV, Simon Dickson, has joined an ITV Studios-owned UK producer. Dickson is joining Shiver, producer of doc Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile and the … Up doc series, to launch a new label. He will be joined by executive producer Lorraine Charker-Phillips, who is joining from […]

Robinson out as Endemol Shine reveals UK team

Tim Robinson is leaving the Endemol Shine Group as the mega-indie this morning revealed its UK management team. Early indications were that Robinson, previously Shine Group’s COO, was negotiating what one source described as a “top international role”, but this has not come to pass. He will exit in the spring. The news came concurrently […]

Godwin’s BriteSpark lands development chief, ITV docu-soap

Argonon-backed factual producer BriteSpark Films has hired former Dragonfly exec Will Robson as head of development, while concurrently landing a docu-soap with ITV. Robson (below) spent three years at Shine Group-owned Dragonfly as a senior development producer, working on shows such as BBC Two’s The Burrowers and Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm. He will now lead development […]